White-tailed Shrike, Damaraland.
White-tailed Shrike, Damaraland.


Unique in many ways, from its birdlife to its history and scenery, Namibia has for a long time been a country which holds great fascination for birders. Although Namibia is home to only a single true endemic species, the Dune Lark, a large number of near-endemics and specials may be found within its borders. Many of these occur only in the north-western parts of Southern Africa or south-western parts of Angola, making Namibia one of the best places to see a host of special bird species. During this trip we aim to target the most important core species in this country within a relatively short period of time. We will search the ochre sand dunes of the Namib Desert for Dune Lark, the barren gravel plains for the sought-after Ludwig’s Bustard and Burchell’s Courser before we reach the shorebird metropolis of Walvis Bay, where we’ll spend a great deal of time sifting through the vast numbers of migrants in search of vagrant waders alongside some of the more regular species. From there we head inland to the Erongo Mountains to look for specials such as Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Herero Chat and Damara Rockrunner, before heading north to Etosha National Park where both birds and wildlife are abundant. Our final destination will be the Waterberg Plateau where Rüppell’s Parrot and Violet Wood-Hoopoe are found alongside more widespread species in an area of fantastic scenery. From there we head back to Windhoek where the tour will come to an end after a rewarding experience that should see most of the essential Namibian specials on our lists. Read more about birding in Namibia.

21 November – 3 December 2020  (12 nights / 13 days)
23 November – 6 December 2021  (13 days /14 nights)*

Starts in Windhoek on the morning of the 21st November 2020 / 23rd November 2021 from late morning arrival flights. Tour ends in Windhoek on the afternoon of the 3rd December 2020 / 6th December 2021 in time for afternoon flights back to Johannesburg (and evening transcontinental flights). *Note that we have added an extra night at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge to the 2021 itinerary.  Please check with us before booking any flights.

2020: ZAR 60 150 per person sharing, ZAR 3 970 single supplement
2021: ZAR 69 625 per person sharing, ZAR 2 695 single supplement
(Note that the 2021 itinerary is one day longer than the 2020 itinerary).

Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control. 

• Accommodation
• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
• Entrance fees
• Ground transport
• Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
• Personalised checklists
• Specialist guide fees

• All airfares
• Travel and medical insurance
• All drinks
• Optional excursions where applicable
• Gratuities
• Items of a personal nature

• This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
• The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.

*Immerse yourself in the incredible desert scenery of the Namib Naukluft National Park.

*Walk among the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

*Get stuck in to waders galore at Walvis bay.

*Enjoy the pure bliss of Erongo Wilderness Lodge where we seek out Hartlaub’s Spurfowl and Damara Rockrunner.

*See big game in Etosha National Park while we look for birds.

*Seek out the south-western Africa specials which are restricted to Namibia and Angola.

Group size: maximum of 12 participants, 1 guide per 6 participants.

Areas visited: Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Erongo, Etosha, Waterberg.

Expected weather conditions: the interior will by hot and mildly humid this time of year, whilst the areas along the coast and in the Namib Desert such as Sossusvlei can be cold in the evening. There is a chance of rain in Etosha and Erongo.

Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus, optional mid-day breaks at certain points (advisable on hot days), a few long drives where we’ll be out for most of the day.

Accommodation standards: medium plus; guest houses and lodges.

Birding in brief: good variety of habitats; a mix of Desert, Bushveld, Semi Desert and coastal lagoons.

Top birds: Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Herero Chat, Rüppell’s Korhaan, Gray’s Lark, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Dune Lark, Damara Tern, Martial Eagle, Damara Rockrunner and Rosy-faced Lovebird.

Mammal viewing: good game viewing in areas with special species such as Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Damara Dik-Dik, Kaokoveld Rock Hyrax, Black-backed Jackal and Oryx. Etosha offers a good selection of big game including African Elephant, Lion, Black Rhinoceros, Southern Giraffe and ‘Black-faced’ Impala.

Other wildlife and attractions: the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund Town, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe and the Welwitschia Welwitschia mirabilis.

Add-ons: this tour can be combined with the Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls or Cape Town.

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